With about half of the responses from the nation’s 59,000 women religious accounted for, only about one percent answered, as directed, most or all of the questions contained in the study’s working paper, officially called an Instrumentum Laboris, according to one informed source.
By contrast, according to the source, congregations representing, by far, the greater majority of women religious decided not to comply and answered only a few, or none, of the questions. Many of the 340 U.S. apostolic congregation heads instead sent letters to Millea stating that what they were sending was what the Vatican was looking for.
“Cover letters [to Millea] have been respectful and kind,” one woman, familiar with the responses, told NCR. “Many of the letters have essentially said that what we have to say about ourselves has already been said in our religious constitutions.”
Bishops don’t want to pay. Women aren’t cooperating. Lawyers, canon and civil, have been consulted. Anybody want to render a prediction as to what happens next?
I’d say this is all unfamiliar territory for the Vatican. American clergy might be restive about being hung out to dry by bishops. Over 50,000 religious is a most unangry non-cooperative mood. Bishops demurring on donations. I doubt that the conservative blogosphere would hesitate, though. Just set up a paypal button on every self-styled orthodox web site, right?